Our most recent research and thought leadership from our R&D team.
Reading and Comprehension Keys to Success in Addressing Today’s Skills Gap
In America’s classrooms, children are struggling with the kinds of basic reading and comprehension skills needed for learning in order to advance in the workforce and navigate today’s society, including making critical decisions affecting one’s health and financial situation. This is evidenced by results released at the end of October for the 2019 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), known as the “Nation’s Report Card,” which show that two out of three students score below proficient in both fourth- and eighth-grade reading.
Teaching Quality’s Missing Link
When it comes to their child’s performance, parents have a rich trove of information, including grades on homework assignments, report card results, statewide standardized testing, and much more. But something vital is missing — the quality of teaching in the classroom.
Higher Income May Prove Elusive for Many College Grads
Earning a bachelor’s degree has become a basic goal for high school students, but many college graduates with a four-year degree find themselves struggling to earn enough money to achieve their version of the American dream. In fact, a significant percentage earn no more than a high school graduate.
What matters most to the labor market? A degree with skills
This fall, nearly seven out of 10 new high school graduates will be heading to college, hoping to earn a degree, which is seen as the best path toward success in the labor market. While higher education generally does result in improved employment and earnings outcomes, a new study, “Skills and Earnings in the Full-Time Labor Market,” finds that reading, writing and math skills have a strong influence on the earnings of full-time workers.